Check out Husq­varna’s 801 Clas­sic Ad­ven­ture

It’s a proper retro-look­ing Scram­bler that’s loaded with tech. And un­til right now, it’s been a well kept se­cret.

Motorcycle Monthly - - News - Words: Tony Carter

Husq­varna is work­ing on a scram­bler mo­tor­cy­cle with funky styling that echoes some of the ma­jor cos­metic touches of the Svart­pilen and Vit­pilen road­ster mod­els.

Our ex­clu­sive spy shots show the new bike un­der­go­ing se­cret tests to­day and from what we can see, the pro­to­type is al­ready look­ing like a ‘proper’ modern Husq­varna for the road.

Be­cause Husq­varna is owned by KTM, it’s pretty clear that a lot of the Aus­trian com­pany’s tech and me­chan­i­cal parts used on the new­for-2019 KTM 790 Ad­ven­ture have been car­ried over onto this project – which we’re ex­pect­ing to be of­fi­cially un­veiled at the tail end of 2019. As such, this could ac­tu­ally end up be­ing one of the first 2020 bikes seen in the flesh.

Putting aside the styling for a mo­ment, we can see that the bike is us­ing the same rolling chas­sis and parts as can be found on KTM’s new ad­ven­ture bike. So the 801 Clas­sic Ad­ven­ture/Scram­bler Husky will make some­where in the re­gion of 105hp and 87Nm @ 8000rpm from it’s eight-valve, DOHC mo­tor – which is even run­ning with a KTM en­gine stamp in the bike we’ve caught with our long-lens spy shots.

The Husq­varna’s tubu­lar steel chas­sis and die-cast, open-lat­tice swingarm ape the KTM too. The cast wheels of the KTM have been dropped for spoked ver­sions on the 801. Up front the Clas­sic Ad­ven­ture/Scram­bler gets 43mm USD forks from WP and although we can’t see any brand name on the sin­gle read shock, it looks the same as the WP gas-as­sisted unit on the KTM 790. If so, the Husky will have spring and pre-load on the rear.

The ABS brakes are KTM-stamped with the front fea­tur­ing ra­di­al­ly­mounted four-pis­ton calipers grab­bing two 300mm discs and the rear is a top-mounted two-pis­ton caliper on a 240mm disc.

But it’s the fair­ing, tank sur­round and seat styling where the bike is un­mis­tak­ably Husq­varna. The bench seat ex­tends a long way be­hind the rider (so there’s plenty of space for a pil­lion) and the rear LED light styling echoes what we’ve seen on the Svart and Vit brands. The small fair­ing com­bines with the petrol tank sur­rounds and shoul­ders for a more up­dated 1960s look too. The up­right rid­ing po­si­tion, high ex­haust can and short front mud­guard add to the pur­pose­ful on/off-road look.

On the pro­to­type bike there’s a two-colour dig­i­tal dash (ex­pect a full-colour TFT op­tion when this bike goes into pro­duc­tion) and drilled plates be­hind the rider and pil­lion footrests – these are for rid­ing po­si­tion devel­op­ment as the mo­tor­cy­cle con­tin­ues through it’s de­sign and build cy­cle and aren’t ex­pected to make it to the dealership-ready ver­sion of the bike in 2020.

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